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HOW TO AVOID KEYLESS CAR THEFT IN SOUTH AFRICA

HOW TO AVOID KEYLESS CAR THEFT IN SOUTH AFRICA

As a vehicle owner, the theft statistics in South Africa can be a big concern. There were an estimated 88 000 incidences of theft of motor vehicles in 2019/20, affecting 0,5% of South African households,  Incidences usually peak during the months of January, April, September, and November. 

In terms of provinces; Gauteng (45 000) recorded the highest number of households that experienced car theft, followed by Western Cape (11 000) and Eastern Cape (8 000). Limpopo and Northern Cape (both at 1 000) had the least number of households that experienced car theft. This is enough to give any vehicle owner restless nights.

At the moment, a lot of attention is being paid to the security of keyless vehicles, as a significant increase in the theft of these vehicles has been reported around the world as a result of criminals exploiting the keyless entry system’s flaws.

So, how exactly does Keyless Car theft happen? The latest criminal gimmick involves burglars working in pairs to ‘hijack’ a vehicle key signal for a car parked outside its owner’s house. With the key inside the house, the thieves utilize a relay amplifier and transmitter. By collecting the key fob signal, they are able to fool the vehicle into thinking the real key is in use, allowing them to get access to the vehicle and drive it away. Even though this only works for one driving cycle, it still means your vehicle is no longer on your property and may be disconnected from the grid.

A recent study found that 110 different cars from 27 different Auto Manufacturers were vulnerable to this mode of attack. They’re all working to improve their technology to stay ahead of the crooks, but there are a few things you can do in the interim to keep your keyless car safe in South Africa in 2021. This includes:

  • Before you walk away, manually ensure that your car doors are locked.
  • Revert to old-time techniques with a steering wheel lock or gear stick lock.
  • Make sure your boot and sunroof are locked and that no valuables are visible.
  • Installing a tracking device in your vehicle (which will also lower your monthly insurance premiums).
  • Installing a tracking device in your vehicle (which will also lower your monthly insurance premiums).
  • Keep your key away from your front door, in a metal tin or something called a Faraday pouch or a ‘fob guard, which is made from materials that block its signal.

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